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Samsung PN50B650 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV

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  • 50-inch high definition TV with 1080p resolution
  • Four HDMI, two component, and one composite video input
  • Two 15W bottom speakers and SRS TruSurround HD for a rich surround-sound experience from two speakers
  • Ultra FilterBright panel further minimizes glare and reflections
  • USB 2.0 Movie for playing MP3, MPEG movies and displaying JPEG files through the USB 2.0
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Technical Details

  • Crystal Full HD Engine with Cinema
  • Medi@2.0TM
  • "Green" design lead-free components
  • Samsung's Game Mode
  • Rear HDMI (Digital A/V): 1, Side HDMI (Digital A/V): 1
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 48.4 x 2.9 x 29.8 inches ; 73.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 100 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001W6NU9E
  • Item model number: PN50B650
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,750 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

(October 6, 2009)
Samsung’s new PN50B650 plasma flat panel HDTV exemplifies the design and performance refinements for those with discerning tastes and a passion for innovation. Picture your favorite room filled with 50 inches of 1080p Full HD picture performance artistically accented in a new Touch of Color design. Samsung’s 6 Series E-Panel technology delivers improvements with our Ultra FiterBright technology that further reduces glare in brighter rooms and our advanced Crystal Full HD Engine expands the picture viewing experience with less power consumption. The new Medi@2.0 connectivity package offers customizable online content via user-friendly “widgets,” networking capability via the DLNA standard, and playback of your camera and camcorder via USB 2.0. Add 4 advanced HDMI inputs that feature Samsung’s Anynet+ (CEC standard) technology making system control of compatible A/V devices like a Blu-ray player or HTIB system a one-touch operation. Experience Full 1080p performance and advanced connectivity on Samsung’s new B650 series plasma HDTVs that are designed to meet higher pride of ownership expectations and lower the cost of ownership.



The stylish Samsung PN50B650 Widescreen Plasma HDTV with innovative Touch of Color design.

Key Features

  • Screen Size: 50 inches
  • Full 1080p HD (Learn more)
  • Response Time: A fast .001ms response time optimizes fast motion video content.
  • Built-in digital tuner: No external box needed
  • 600Hz Subfield Motion for clear high contrast motion pictures.
  • Ultra FilterBright panel further minimizes glare and reflections.
  • Game Mode enhances dark areas, sharpens the picture, speeds up the image processing response and enhances the sounds of your games. Picture and sound quality optimized for the special needs of gaming systems at the touch of a button.
  • USB 2.0 Movie for playing MP3, MPEG movies and displaying JPEG files through the USB 2.0.
  • Touch of Color (ToC): Samsung's unique manufacturing process accents the surrounding bezel with a stylish red tone. (Learn more)
  • Wide Color Enhancer 3 optimizes a given color's hue, resulting in more natural rendering of colors. (Learn more)
  • Audio: Two 10-watt stereo speakers (for 20 watts of total power) plus SRS TruSurround HD.
  • SRS TruSurround HD creates an immersive, feature-rich surround sound experience from two speakers, complete with rich bass, high frequency detail and clear dialog.
  • DLNA-Compatible for better interopability with electronics, computers and mobile devices from many different manufacturers 
  • Content Library (1GB Flash Memory): stores limited amount of pictures and video for playback.
  • Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) allows the TV's remote control to operate at the push of one button, peripheral AV devices such as a DVD player featuring HDMI-CEC.
  • Trilingual on-screen displays in English, Spanish or French.
  • Energy Star Compliant: reduces energy consumption by up to 40% compared with prior year PDP TVs.
  • Swivel stand included.
  • Warranty: 1 year parts and labor, backed by Samsung toll-free support
  • Medi@2.0 lets you enjoy more with Internet TV, allowing you to receive content via Yahoo!, Flickr, and more via on-screen TV widgets. (Learn more)

Connections
A wide variety of multimedia devices can be connected to the set through any one of the three HDMI inputs, and the handy Anynet+ feature (HDMI-CEC) lets you control all your CEC-enabled peripherals--such as a DVD or Blu-ray player--using just one remote. HDMI is the best performing interface for displaying an HD source on an HDTV.

  • HDMI (Digital A/V): 4 (1 side A/V connection, 3 rear A/V connections)
  • Component Video and Audio: 2 rear
  • Composite A/V: 1 
  • USB: 2 (picture/movie)
  • PC RGB input: 1
  • Ethernet (LAN): 1
  • Digital audio (optical): 1

Dimensions

  • TV without stand: 48.4 x 29.8 x 2.9 inches (WxHxD); 73.2 pounds
  • TV with stand: 48.4 x 32.2 x 11.4 inches (WxHxD); 84.2 pounds
  • What size TV should you get?

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Touch of Color

Touch of Color In 2008, Samsung created its unique Touch of Color (ToC) design, which uses dual-injection molding to coat a translucent, colored surface to achieve an attractive crystalline appearance. The latest evolution of Samsung's ToC design begins with a deep piano black bezel that fades into distinct chrome that finishes as light ruby highlights. The intensity of the color subtly changes depending upon the viewing angle, and further accentuates the TV's slim bezel.


Medi@2.0

medi@2.0


Medi@2.0 lets you enjoy more with Internet TV, allowing you to receive content via Yahoo!, Flickr, and more on screen. It also includes a content library so you can enjoy pre-loaded content, such as cooking recipes and fitness exercises. Plus, DLNA CERTIFIED connectivity lets you remotely access your PC's personal media so that you can download music, video, and photos and enjoy them anywhere in the home your TV is. Finally USB 2.0 multi-media center lets you connect a thumb drive or a digital camera quickly and easily.


 Current Widgets
 

eBay
Get real-time updates, place bids, monitor your favorite items, view photos and compare prices with the press of your remote. You won’t miss a buying or selling opportunity with the eBay TV widget.


 

RallyCast
Track fantasy league scores, standings, and player stats in real time while you watch the games on TV.

 

Twitter
Keep in touch with people and share real-time updates and frequent answers while you watch TV.

 

Flickr
Share photos with family & friends and browse the latest photos posted by the Flickr community.

 

YouTube
Share your favorite YouTube videos without having to gather around a computer screen.

 

Yahoo! Weather
Choose a location and get a snapshot of current weather conditions, the 5-day forecast and more.

 

Yahoo! News
Get breaking news, headlines, and top stories from leading news sources, designed for the big screen.

 

USA Today Sports
Get the latest sports scores, stories, and snapshots, as the news happens from USA TODAY.

Widgets allow you to track local weather with Yahoo, access eBay, display Flickr pictures and see Twitter updates - all on your screen. With a split-screen display, you can do it all without missing a second of your favorite shows. And now, you can also get movies on demand via blockbuster and Amazon Instant Video.


Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

HDTV Size chart
With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.

If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.

  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

Product Description

Samsung's new PN50B650 plasma flat panel HDTV exemplifies the design and performance refinements for those with discerning tastes and a passion for innovation. Picture your favorite room filled with 50 inches of 1080p Full HD picture performance artistically accented in a new Touch of ColorTM design. Samsung's 6 Series E-Panel technology delivers improvements with our Ultra FiterBrightTM technology that further reduces glare in brighter rooms and our advanced Crystal Full HD Engine expands the picture viewing experience with less power consumption. The new Medi@2.0 connectivity package offers customizable online content via user-friendly 'widgets,' networking capability via the DLNA standard, and playback of your camera and camcorder via USB 2.0. Add 4 advanced HDMI inputs that feature Samsung's Anynet+ (CEC standard) technology making system control of compatible A/V devices like a Blu-ray player or HTIB system a one-touch operation. Experience Full 1080p performance and advanced connectivity on Samsung's new B650 series plasma HDTVs that are designed to meet higher pride of ownership expectations and lower the cost of ownership.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The tv was great when I purchased it. The lines were crisp and the picture quality was great. Already though in less than four years, and with the small amount of viewing… Read more ›
Positive: The TV's picture quality is great and the sound is not bad either. No complains in regards to these. Read more ›
The picture is great, specially for the price but this TV has broken twice now. All it does it click when it breaks. Read more ›
The picture is great and i went to cnet and tried their reconmmended calibration however i found the stabdard settings to be just fine in most case. a home theatre system… Read more ›
The picture is excellent and although a vertical line appeared on the screen within a few days, a call to Samsung sorted the problem immediately with instructions on how to… Read more ›
The delivery people arrived as scheduled…Picture is wonderful but not long after the delivery people left I noticed a fairly prominent electronic buzz coming from the unit. Read more ›
I love the picture and the sound. The color is fantastic. No problems at all. Read more ›
Also, if you are deciding between 650 or 850, the only difference is the thickness of the TV. Cnet even states that blacks are deeper on the 650. You will be happy with… Read more ›
For the $1139+tax that I spent, I couldn't have asked for more. The colors and black levels are great. The TV looks great. Read more ›
This PLASMA SAMSUMG PN50B650 TV is the BEST TV you can buy, Picture clarity is stunning with Digital or HD. The color intensity is brilliant and the clarity are perfect. I… Read more ›
The picture is incredibly clear, particularly when viewing a Blu Ray disk. The black levels are deep and nuanced, so dark scenes are perfectly clear. Contrast and color… Read more ›
I highly recommend a sound system to go along with your purchase. The picture is great in HD and colors are awesome. I really enjoy the quality of the motion on a plasma vs… Read more ›
I might put in a service call with Samsung to fix it or just bear it. Overall for the price i paid the value is great and the picture quality is superb. If you can get one… Read more ›
Based on that and other reviews I decided to order this model from Amazon. The price was excellent and you can't beat free shipping. The shipper did an excellent job with… Read more ›
I read the Consumer Reports reviews and look at their ratings, then it's over to…Then I usually buy at Amazon because their prices are great and shipping is always spot-on! Read more ›
The value is amazing at Amazon's price. Read more ›
I went with plasma because I have a rather bright TV room during the day, the price was cheaper, and I wanted to be able to see the picture from side angles as well as… Read more ›
Please consider this Samsung plasma for your purchase. The value is AMAZING!!! Read more ›
I've been please with the screen quality and the dynamic sharp image. It's functionality and features are as good as they get! I would highly recommend this product for the… Read more ›
The TV is beautiful! The features are amazing! My TV did come with the buzz. Read more ›
This is annoyance since it's…But, other than the cost, the setup is very straight forward and while the widgets are a bit slow to load, the functionality is great. Amaz… Read more ›
I do not yet have a Blue-Ray player to test out but my current STB unit, a Denon 2900, in 480p mode looks very nice, has a clean picutre and details the film grain from the… Read more ›
The Cinema Smooth 1080p/24, no glitches I have noticed. The Internet feature works great. You need the Samsung WIS-08BG2X Wireless Link stick, plug it in the USB port on… Read more ›
I tend to be a neutral color person when it comes to electronics, but the color on this is still subtle and not overdone. And the overall styling of this model is gorgeous. I… Read more ›
The picture quality remains sharp and the tv is still issue free. The sound is well, flat, just like the screen and more or less what you would expect from a tv like this. T… Read more ›
2) The settings and features are intuitive. 3) The sound is very good. Yes my husband still wants a soundbar but one it not needed for good sound reproduction. Read more ›
So back to Amazon it goes. I tried a new Panasonic 54S1 and the sound is perfect. Not sure if Samsung has some issues with there sound, but Panasonic seems to have done… Read more ›
The standard signal and the high def through coaxial cable has a decent image as well, although it's kind hard to enjoy standard signal when you see the…Sound is very good. Read more ›
Boy are we glad we lucked out…The picture quality is great, the sound is great, and the overall design of the TV is fantastic (it helps that red is our favourite colour!). Read more ›
I have a high end home audio system that I play when watching dvds and occassionally broadcast shows, but the television sound isn't bad for those times when you don't feel… Read more ›
3) Size: Dove-tailing off the price issue, I was able to buy a 50-inch TV for the same price as…Since this product is located in the living room, a larger screen was nice. Read more ›
A refresh rate like 120Hz or 240 Hz is only important if it's a LCD or LED. Plasma's refresh rate is so fast that they don't even need to publish it. And a contrast ratio… Read more ›
I…However, the price difference between the Samsung B650 plasma and the TVs it was being compared to (both plasmas and LCDs) was huge -- in most cases well over $1000. T… Read more ›
There is no burn-in. There is no glare (well, just a little more than an LCD). And the sound is pretty good, to boot. Read more ›
Now for the bad (really just a minor issue) the screen does have glare in my room (but I've had plasma for 2 years prior and knew this was going to be an issue. ) The… Read more ›
In defense of the Samsung plasma…I also have not experienced any glare issues with the screen, and doubt that will be an issue with this TV even in brighter rooms. Read more ›
I love the USB interface - I can play many…Lots of different interfaces, which is nice because I have components I have collected over the years with different interfaces. Read more ›
The picture of this tv is outstanding. The menu interface is outstanding. There is a lot to like. Read more ›
The sound is also better than I expected IF you adust the equalizer and boost the bass and midrange. Picture control options are excellent. Blacks are excellent. Read more ›
The picture is sharp and has good colors. The user interface is very intuitive. Just make sure you get a sound system, because the speakers are typical for a TV. Read more ›
The menus are well laid out and very attractive to look at. Read more ›
Buy a plasma -- so much better than the LCDs. The controls are easy to use, the sound system is mediocre at best. I calibrated the TV but this didn't change the picture… Read more ›
Sound is good for TV speakers. The remote is great, easy to use. I have a Blu-Ray DVD player, which produces stunning images in movies like Avatar. Read more ›
This is my first flat screen TV and it is great. The picture is awesome and the unit is very easy to use and navigate. I have not really used all it's online features but… Read more ›
I'm using an external speaker, so the TV speakers are not important. Menus are intuitive and easy to use. I highly recommend this TV. Read more ›
The settings menu is easy to navigate. This does not have a red accent to the bezel as some websites state. Read more ›
The remote, as all do , has too many buttons, but is well labeled easy to use. I set up my Comcast remote to handle the on/off and sound, and only touch the Samsung remote… Read more ›
Set-up was very easy and it linked great with my Samsung BluRay player. The remote is easy to use and there are adequate inputs for other devices. The picture quality is… Read more ›
The setup was relatively easy, and in a few moments I had it connected to my existing DVD player and Comcast HD STB. The connectivity options available on the set were… Read more ›
I'm impressed with all the features. The set up was easy and the TV had a small enough base to fit onto the entertainment center that originally held my 42" TV set. The… Read more ›
Television has an excellent picture. Was easy to setup and is a joy to watch. I have an illness that keeps me in bed a lot and my husband thought this would be a great… Read more ›
Had to be delivered by a special shipper other than UPS or Fed Ex but arrived without blemish. Unit was easy to set up. Very happy that it comes with so many connection… Read more ›
Great picture, easy to setup, really good buy...first flat screen of these dimensions,totally impressed with quality. On standard definition right now, still get great… Read more ›
The picture looks fantastic. The build quality is great. It looks nice. Read more ›
I had to cover some of my upper windows just to see the picture during the day. Now with this screen there is no problems no matter what amount of light that there is. 4.… Read more ›
I just have 12" Cerwin Vega front speakers hooked up…The remote is easy to use and looks nice with the glossy black finish (although it does lag a little in response time). Read more ›
Don't let the LCD believers fool you. Image quality is fantastic no matter where you sit. No LCD can do that. Read more ›
So the TV is great for watching movies and TV shows - the main thing that it is used for, but is a little too slow for watching material from the internet. And Samsung's… Read more ›
The set itself looks fantastic as well. The touch of red suits it perfectly, the glass stand looks great too. I have a somewhat well lit living room with a large window to… Read more ›
This is our first HDTV. We upgraded from a 10 yo Sony rear projection monster that, although it still produced a really good standard def picture, had to go. I was… Read more ›
4 HDMI ports and the USB connectivity is great. I loved the swivel stand. however, i like my panasonic g10 plasma much better, and here's why: Read more ›
So the TV is great for watching movies and TV shows - the main thing that it is used for, but is a little too slow for watching material from the internet. And Samsung's… Read more ›
-Very high contrast ratio compare to LCD/LED - True Natural Colors, excellent TV for night watching - Deep Black level provides rich color effect Read more ›
And I'm so glad I did especially for the great price. The picture quality is amazing for both watching sports in HD and Blu-Ray movies. The deciding factor for me in… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By S. Bae on July 12, 2009
If you're in the market for a HDTV then the Samsung PN50B650 is worth a second look. Externally, the attractive Touch of Color design incorporated into the clear beveled edged glass exudes sophistication and class. Internally, the Crystal Full HD Engine and Samsung's e-panel technology translates into a blur free clear vibrant picture perfect for sports and movies alike.

Truthfully I started off in the HDTV market looking for a 52" LCD panel with 1080p and 120hz specs. After a month of searching I realized that a name brand set with the above specs was out of my budget. I wasn't considering a plasma because I thought it was outdated technology, fear of image retention (IR), cost of operation, and plasma's heavier weight difference. However, as I researched more into plasmas I learned that my fears were they themselves outdated. Plasma was not outdated technology, many companies were still pouring money into plasma R&D. IR for sure is still a concern but with some simple basic precautions and use of the built in pixel shifting option, IR has become a very minor concern. This set is also Energy Star compliant using 40% less power than prior years plasmas (as per Samsung's website) and comparable to LCDs of similar size. As for weight, I wasn't too concerned because my set wasn't going on a wall. Regardless, the weight difference to a LCD is only about 15 lbs or so. Also, this set comes with an attractive stand that allows the TV to rotate for optimal viewing.

The cons I have so far are: Even with the FilterBright technology incorporated into the screen, glare is still a factor. I have my set in a room with no curtains but no direct sunlight and find myself changing the brightness control at times during daylight use. While the Media 2.
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112 of 116 people found the following review helpful By ASik on June 24, 2009
Basically I've had this TV for about 3 weeks already, and wanted to share since when researching this new 2009 Samsung PN50B650 set, there were limited reviews.

the specs and price on this had me at hello...

3,000,000:1 Mega Contrast
0.001ms pixel-response time.
600Hz
Cinema Smooth
4 HDMI ports
Tuners: ATSC / NTSC / QAM
ENERGY STAR qualified
Anynet
DLNA

First off I was always sketchy on Plasma...because of course burn in, and the whole LCD rage taking off.

Basically it was a "burn in" vs "dead pixel" face off.

But burn in is a non issue...sometimes the History channel will leave its logo for a few seconds, but it's not even noticeable unless you try to find it. I play PS3 games on it and it's perfect.

The 4 HDMI ports are priceless....I thought it would be overkill...but add in a TivoHD, PS3, Receiver...and I'm down to 1 side HDMI input left...

The 650 also has the extra internet USB adapter ($75) is very nice as well....connecting to Flickr, your network & Yahoo Weather is very nice.
not built in but, so what.

The TV speakers are basic and tolerable I guess, but if you are looking to get a 50" plasma, I would hope you would have a home theater in a box at least.

The TOC finish is very very nice, and the touch of color really makes this set stand out...I thought I'd hate it but once it's in the house...it is nice.

I think the main reason to really look at this set is the "Cinema Smooth" feature which is present on this panel....and I think only until you get to the 850 model you won't see it available. This is very nice since it delivers in the native 24p content, same frame rate as movies are recorded.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By active user on June 28, 2009
This review is my personal opinion and is not sponsored by anyone.

After a good amount of research I decided to get Samsung PN50B650. It's been almost 3 weeks already and I could not be more happier. I am not a videophile, but picture looks outstanding and it actually looks better then my 1 year old Sony Bravia 52inch LCD. best feature is ability to stream content from your PC or USB memory stick or HDD. so far, I have not discovered format that it does not handle.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Navin Sarma on November 18, 2009
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hey guys...

this is a review for all of you out there who are pretty techy, like to do your research, and get the most bang for your buck. i spent hours and hours on my decision, sifting through review after review, and actually ordering and returning this item. read more if you are curious with my results.

plenty of forums on the internet will compare this tv to the panasonic g10 plasma. initially, i chose the samsung pnb650 over the g15 because:
1) reviews showed high color accuracy
2) the TV stand swiveled
3) DNLA content, including the ability to stream MKV and other HD video through the TV, with no need for a media extender.

when i received my unit, i was extremely happy with the picture. colors popped, black levels were good (though seemingly glitchy when there was a perfectly black screen - almost like the picture turned off). but, one thing i have never expected happened to be a deal breaker for me - image retention (IR).

the forums and reviews you read on the net go on and on about how IR and burn in are issues of plasmas' past. what i did not quite realize was that IR and burn in are TWO SEPARATE ISSUES. read this link for a spot on analysis of the difference, and the factors you should consider when buying a plasma [...]

i had image retention from the get go. i used my tv on the "dynamic" setting when playing madden the first week i bought the tv. another thing you will read is that plasmas should never be placed on "dynamic" or "vivid" modes (at least until you "break-in" your set). i personally believe that if the setting is offered on the TV, you should be able to use it no problem. long story short, the EA emblem on the bottom left hand side of the screen remained on the screen after i turned off the game.
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